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Abandoned Buildings Can and Do Cause Problems

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Abandoned Buildings Can and Do Cause Problems Total Fire Loss in Kellogg, Idaho

This abandoned turn of the century hotel in Kellogg, Idaho caught on fire and was a total loss.  There was no electricity or other utilities at the building.  Although it is easy to forget about these buildings, it is critical they be looked at from time to time for potential damage problems.  This particular building had squatters living in the building.

As a result of this complete loss building's fire, all of the surrounding buildings experienced significant smoke and water damage.  The fire was so hot the fire department needed to keep a constant water flow on several of the adjacent buildings to make sure they did not catch on fire as well.  

SERVPRO of Rexburg, Idaho was called in by several of the businesses and building owners to help fix the fire and water damaged areas.

Backed Up Sewers on Labor Day Weekend

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Backed Up Sewers on Labor Day Weekend Removing Standing Water

Sewers backing up have kept SERVPRO employees busy this Labor Day weekend. The common culprit has been clogged main sewer lines which doesn’t allow the waste water to run into the sewer.

The waste water will then start to back up into the lowest point in your sewer line such has a basement bathroom. As you can image the smell is over powering and damage can be extensive. Sewer water is Category 3 water which means the materials it affects must be removed.

hat can mean flooring, sub-flooring, cabinets, trim, and drywall. If you don’t know the status of your main line, it’s worth the time and money to have a company come out and ensure that your drain lines are in working order.

Smoke and Soot Clean Up

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Having a fire in your home or on your property can be a life changing experience and very invasive.  SERVPRO is here to handle the damage to your property the fire left behind. We can make it like it never even happened.

Smoke and Soot Facts

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process

Different Types of Smoke

  • Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent color

Every smoke and soot damage situation varies on size and type of damage done. If you have fire, smoke, or soot damage to your property give us a call. We will put our experience and resources to work for you. 

Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem?

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home is not an experience anybody wants to have. It usually brings a lot of questions, and it should. Mold spores are everywhere so removing mold entirely from your home is not a realistic goal.  The mold remediation process reduces the mold spore count to its natural or baseline level.

Facts about mold

  • Mold is present almost everywhere
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air. They may enter your home through windows, doors, AC/ heating systems, or can come in on your clothing or pets.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can grow quickly into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens or irritants.
  • Mold often produces a strong musty odor that can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you suspect your home has a mold problem call us so we can use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Fire Damage Can Be a Life Changing Experience

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Having a fire in your home or on your property can be a life changing experience and very invasive.  SERVPRO is here to handle the damage to your property the fire left behind. We can make it like it never even happened.

Smoke and Soot Facts

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process

Different Types of Smoke

  • Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent color

Every smoke and soot damage situation varies on size and type of damage done. If you have fire, smoke, or soot damage to your property give us a call. We will put our experience and resources to work for you. 

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage events at commercial properties present their own unique challenges, and can be very stressful. Our staff understands the importance of getting your commercial property up and running as fast as possible.

When we arrive at your property we bring 10 years of experience with commercial property damage with us. We have the necessary resources to handle any job, large or small. Our trained professionals work quickly to assess the situation, isolate the damaged area, and start work immediately. Time is always of the essence to minimize damage, and to resume operations as soon as possible. Your local SERVPRO has access to large loss teams specifically trained and ready to go in event of a large loss.

If your commercial property experiences a water damage event call us so we can put our experience and resources to work for you.

Chimney Fires and Your Rexburg Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chimney Fires and Your Rexburg Home Rexburg Chimney Fires Are Preventable-Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

Rexburg Properties Receive Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup from SERVPRO

Your chimney and flue add architectural interest to your home, but the real function of your chimney is to take dangerous flue gasses from the wood stove, fireplace, or furnace out of your home safely. It helps the air in your household stay breathable, just like your windows in your kitchen vents, bathroom windows, and attic. However, unlike the other exhaust points in your home, wood stove and fireplace chimneys need a particular kind of care.
 
In action, a chimney fire in your Rexburg home can be impressive and cause you to need fire damage repair from a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. Indications there is a fire in your chimney includes plenty of dense smoke, a loud popping or cracking noise, and a hot, intense smell.
 
Chimney fires can be dramatic and noisy enough to be detected by people passing by or your neighbors. Dense smoke or flames could shoot out from the top of the chimney. It has been reported by homeowners that they were startled by a low rumbling sound which is reminiscent of a low flying airplane or a freight train.
 
Undetected Chimney Fires
Chimney fires which are slow-burning do not receive enough air or have the fuel to be visible or dramatic, and they many times go undetected until an inspection of the chimney later. However, very high temperatures are reached and can create as much damage to the chimney structure, and parts of the house close to it, as their more spectacular counterparts explosive fires.
 
Chimney Fires and Creosote
Wood stoves and fireplaces are made to contain wood-fuel fires safely while heating your home. Chimneys have the job of getting rid of combustion by-products, which are the materials made from burning wood, including water vapor, smoke, gasses, wood particles that are unburned, tar fog, hydrocarbon, and different minerals. As these materials are rising and flow into the cooler chimney, condensation occurs. The residue which that is left sticks to the inside walls of the chimney and is known as creosote.
 
Black or brown in appearance, creosote can be flakey and crust, shiny and hardened, or drippy and sticky. All forms can occur in a chimney. No matter the form it takes, creosote is very combustible, so if enough quantity builds up and the temperature of the inside of the flue is high enough, you could be dealing with a resulting chimney fire.
 
When a fire in your chimney damages your home, SERVPRO is always ready to help you clean up the mess and repair the damage. Smoke and odor remediation and indoor air quality are focal points of a SERVPRO service. It is, however, important to have your chimney regularly cleaned to try and avoid this problem in the first place.
 
SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby knows how damage chimney fires can be to your home. Give them a call as soon as possible after the fire is out at (208) 356-0263 so they can prevent further damages from occurring.
 

Wet Basements In Rexburg

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Wet Basements In Rexburg The potential is there for mold infestation and eventually, structural damage unless the water gets drained, and the air moisture levels brought down.

Water Damaged Basement

Water in the crawl space under a home usually goes ignored until it goes away. A damp basement also goes ignored until puddles start to form in the low spots and stored property begins to absorb the excess water. Both attitudes can have long-term, adverse effects.

SERVPRO knows that a wet basement or crawl space is more than just an annoyance to a Rexburg home. The potential is there for mold infestation and eventually, structural damage unless the water gets drained, and the air moisture levels brought down to normal levels.

Our technicians can get into most crawl spaces and remove standing water using various types of sump pumps. In small spaces, they can push in lengths of hose to efficiently draw water out as well. Basements are drained of standing water in just a few hours using one of the portable pumps or pumping trucks in our equipment inventory.

With the water removed, one of our inspectors checks the air content using special moisture meters. If the humidity is too high, technicians deploy dehumidifiers to lower the moisture percentage in the air. These machines draw as much as 25 gallons of water from the air per day and clear out most basements in two or three days.After we remove the water from your basement and lower the moisture content, we highly recommend two additional services: encapsulate your crawl space and waterproof the cinder block foundation walls.

Encapsulation simply means installing a water vapor barrier. Our technicians use high-quality, polyethylene sheets that are reinforced with a polyester mesh to seal off the floors and walls from bleeding moisture into the crawl space. We secure the sheets in place using two-sided, foundation tape or a polyurethane caulk. Since most crawl spaces have a dirt floor, polyethylene sheets are a very efficient and low-cost method to prevent further moisture intrusion and reduces the risk of mold infestation as well.

Waterproofing the foundation walls serves the same purpose as encapsulation, but is more efficient for basement and areas larger than the normal sized crawl space. Technicians fill all cracks and holes with hydraulic cement to seal them and then apply a waterproof coating of masonry cement to the inside of the basement walls. This coating prevents further water intrusion in most cases. Additional protection is gained by digging around the outside of the foundation walls and applying a thick coating of liquid rubber. This inventory product is designed to waterproof foundations even in extreme situations and provides a dry basement in all but the absolute worst disasters.

SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby has decades of experience in Idaho when it comes to keeping your basement dry. We understand that it is essential to the overall support structure of your home and use every skill and equipment item in our inventory to provide a safe environment for you and your family. If you need our help, call today at (208) 356-0263.

Island Park Overflowing Toilet Options for Cleanup

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Island Park Overflowing Toilet Options for Cleanup Toilet Overflows Causes Water Damage and Needed CleanUp in Island Park

SERVPRO's Experience Mitigates Water Damage Caused by Faulty Toilet Functioning in Island Park


Say water or flood damage and people imagine thunderstorms, water up to the knees and photo albums floating in the basement. In many cases, a small amount of water can cause as much damage depending on the source of the water and what is in it.

An overflowing toilet in an Island Park home can cause hundreds of dollars in damage if it is not taken care of quickly. There is the threat of contaminated water, ruined carpets, and cabinets that need to be dried or replaced. SERVPRO has the experience and tools needed to repair and restore your home of all these issues. If the excess water originated from the holding tank or the water supply line behind the commode, then the water is not initially contaminated and designated as Black Water. Even urine filled water that may backup is typically pathogenically hazardous.

Our first step to deal with contaminated water is to spray all affected areas with a disinfectant as we approach. Spraying begins to kill bacteria and viruses from the moment we start work. Next, we remove any solid matter that has come up through the plumbing. Technicians place it into a hazmat bag or bucket for disposal outside the home.

Now, the contaminated water is pumped out. Since the amount of water from an overflow is usually small, our response team use extractors to draw it out from the floor and carpets. Once they finish, every surface that was exposed is sprayed with a disinfectant and scrubbed.

In the case of contaminated water, we recommend replacement of carpets and carpet pads. It is cost effective to launder small, bathroom or area rugs, but the cost to clean and restore larger carpets is often more than replacing them.

Bathroom cabinets become quickly contaminated as well. The wood can be disinfected and cleaned easily with little cost other than labor. If the water from the toilet has stood for more than a day or two, disinfecting may not be an option, and we recommend replacement of the cabinets and perhaps even the floor trim around the bathroom walls.

What seems like simple repairs or clean-ups can often become much more time-consuming and expensive. If you have a plumbing issue of any type, SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby is here to help. Call us today at (208) 356-0263 to get started.

Do Not Waste Your Time Testing - Get Valuable Mold Damage Remediation Services In Island Park Today

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do Not Waste Your Time Testing - Get Valuable Mold Damage Remediation Services In Island Park Today SERVPRO Can Inspect for Mold Growth in Your Island Park Home, then Remediate

Island Park Mold Service is Readily Completed by SERVPRO


It is one thing to have a mold remediation specialist enter your home to inspect and assess possible damages or mold contamination that exists. It is something else entirely to have a company charge you for mold testing services that make you wait for a response from a testing facility.
 
Any mold found in your Island Park area home should get your direct attention. Mold damage exists because there is a problem, regardless of the kind or amount of mold found, professional services are your best option for getting things under control and returning your home to a clean, safe, secure environment for you and your family to enjoy.
 
It is a waste of your time and money to get the kind of mold found in your home identified. Purchasing a home mold testing kit from your local grocery store, taking a sample, and waiting for results wastes valuable time needed to save the contents and personal belongings caught up in the affected area.
 
In fact, self-testing often leads to disturbing the area and causes additional damages to develop, while also causing you to spread the contamination to other clean areas of your home. SERVPRO can provide you with the equipment necessary to contain the contaminated area and catch or control airborne microscopic spores that take flight once the affected area has been disturbed.
 
Take the opportunity to contact us, SERVPRO can perform these services for you and prevent additional damages from forming. It only takes 24 to 48-hours for mold to contaminate an area of your home. Waiting for testing results from a laboratory often takes up to 72-hours, making the problem far worse by the time you figure out that you need help. Besides, a typically visible mold is a test onto itself.
 
So, avoid making the mistake that some unfortunate homeowners make. Turn to a company with expertly trained mold remediation technicians. SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency services, technicians who can work when you need them and provide you with any of the services you need to return your home’s indoor air quality and environment to one that you and your family can enjoy without worrying.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Rexburg – Rigby for a fast response to your request for help. We work with your insurance company if you have coverage, manage the entire process, and provide you with the services you deserve. (208) 356-0263